Alligator Snapping Turtle
If you like to fish, you have something in common with the alligator snapping turtle.
This critter sits like a big old rock on the bottom of a river or pond with its mouth wide open just waiting for a fish to swim in.It has a tongue that looks like a little worm and the turtle will just wiggle it back and forth. That fish will swim right into the turtle’s mouth thinking he’s got himself a meal only to become a meal for the turtle. SNAP!
- The record for a wild alligator snapping turtle is 316 pounds! That nearly two of me! The alligator snapping turtle lives its entire life in the water. A female comes out just long enough to lay her eggs on a nearby bank. That’s why I like to see undisturbed riverbanks and shorelines because it’s important for snapping turtle nesting and hatching.
- No one can say exactly how long a snapping turtle lives because they’re not too social, and don’t like birthday parties like you and me. But some sapping turtles in zoos and such have lived to be 50 years or older.
My home state of Kentucky has over 30 kinds of snakes. The ones I like to steer clear of are the copperhead, the cottonmouth and the rattlesnake. They are called pit vipers because they have “pits” on each side of their head between the eye and nostril. I see a pit and I split!
A bite from one of these snakes is rare and seldom fatal. However, it’s good to learn to identify the poisonous snakes in your area and avoid them whenever you can.
- You know where they got the name cottonmouth? When they feel threatened they’ll coil-up and open their mouth to show their fangs. The skin inside their mouth is white, just like cotton.
- One way to tell it’s a cottonmouth in the water is that most of its body will be visible. Other, poisonous water snakes will swim with just their head sticking above the water. A cottonmouth can and will attack underwater. Just like your older brother.